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Google Loses Bid to Dismiss Street View Suit Over Privacy-Violation Claims

     
11:43 am on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google Loses Bid to Dismiss Street View Suit Over Privacy-Violation Claims

Google Inc. must face a lawsuit claiming its data collection using Wi-Fi networks for its Street View program, which allows users see photographs of roadsides, violates wiretapping laws, a judge said.

U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Francisco denied Google’s bid to dismiss claims that the data collection, which included e-mails, user names, passwords and other private data, violated federal wiretap laws. Ware granted Google’s request to dismiss claims based on state statutes.


“Although the networks themselves were unencrypted, the networks were configured to prevent the general public from gaining access to the data packets without the assistance of sophisticated technology,” Ware wrote. “Merely pleading that a network is unencrypted does not render that network readily accessible to the general public” and make interception of communications from that network immune from liability, the judge said.



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The case is in re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation, U.S. District Court, District of Northern California, No. 10-MD-02184.
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The Mountain View, Calif.-based company apologized and maintains it never used the data. It also argues it did nothing illegal because the Wi-Fi data was publicly available like radio transmissions.

U.S. District Court Judge James Ware rejected that argument late Wednesday, saying Internet data transmitted wirelessly have the same privacy protections as cell phone conversations.


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6:06 pm on July 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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i still think it was funny that they said they did not know they collected those data and sometime earlier they have got a patent for such a system, just can trust big companies.
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I've written it before, but it bears repeating.

Google is an intelligence gathering agency that pays Adsense affiliates to assist it in profiling internet users.

Google partners with the NSA and the US Government is the biggest user of Google data.
1:38 am on July 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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You can't repeat that loudly enough frontpage. Google has created a method for the most widespread surveillance ever, on earth and off. Even government secrets weren't safe.

That makes lawsuits against Google somewhat pointless, in the interest of national security Google can never be made to reveal all anymore.

Google's gone and gotten itself too big.
10:47 pm on July 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I never seen this mentioned by anyone else, but I think their main purpose was to gps as many land based ip addresses they could find. Being able to correctly locate an ip address is and will continue to be important to any search provider. It maybe so important that they rather say it was accidental than to give their real intentions away.

(I'm open to bribes to keep me quiet :) )